Can't get enough of marionettes? You'll love the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, which brings puppeteers from across the globe to the city for 11 days of symposiums and performances. Highlights of this year's lineup include The Plastic Bag Store, an installation inside the Wrigley Building that recreates a grocery store using discarded plastic bags—a few times each day, the space hosts an immersive performance, featuring creator Robin Frohardt and her puppets. Plus, puppeteers Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James stage a birthday celebration in Bill's 44th, a puppet adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye and a Neo-Futurists production that contains 30 plays in 60 minutes—with puppets! There's also a Festival Neighborhood Tour, sending three puppeteers to five local neighborhoods to perform free shows. Find a complete list of programming on the festival's website.
Are you going to let a little snow keep you away from the best things to do in Chicago this weekend? We didn't think so. Escape the elements at some of the best music venues in Chicago as acts like Erasure, the Charles Rumback Trio and Buddy Guy perform throughout the weekend. Or head to theaters across town to see the latest Second City revue, the weekly Newport Peek-Easy variety show and the Goodman Theatre's revival of Gem of the Ocean. Plus, there's a cocktail bar pop-up at Soho House, a bar made of ice in front of PB&J and plenty of ice skating rinks in Chicago to slide around on. Make the most of the season with some of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend.
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